As temperatures continue to rise in and around San Antonio, the city plans to open nearly 28 cooling centers as the temperature rises in San Antonio, according to a news release issued on Tuesday.

On average, the city’s first 100-degree day occurs around June 30, according to the National Weather Service, but San Antonio hit the triple-digit mark on both Monday and Tuesday.

According to the news release: “the city is at a Level III heat advisory, which is issued when the heat index is expected to reach between 90 to 108 degrees. Under normal circumstances, cooling centers are not activated during Level III, the release said. However, due to coronavirus pandemic and fewer options for individuals needing to seek shelter from the heat, the city decided to open the cooling centers sooner”.

Beginning June 16, certain City Park Community Centers will be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

In addition, the Department of Human Services, in partnership with Catholic Charities, is providing free box fans to community seniors through the Project Cool program, which is a program that provides heat relief to senior residents 60 years of age and older across the city.

Residents who would like to request a fan or have heat-related resources should call the United Way Helpline at 211.

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